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Kodiak Bear Wildlife research is an important part of the CRU mission. Credit: Dave Menke, USFWS.

The Science and Decisions Center is a collaboration among USGS mission areas, most notably Ecosystems; and Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health. It works closely with the USGS Cooperative Research Units and several USGS science centers, along with certain universities and nongovernmental organizations through formal cooperative arrangements.

USGS Cooperative Research Units

The USGS Cooperative Research Units (CRU) program is mandated through organic legislation (PL 86-686) to enhance graduate education in fisheries, wildlife and natural resources sciences, and to engage in research for natural resource agencies and universities on topics of mutual interest and concern to cooperators. Currently there are 40 Cooperative Research Units in 38 states. Each unit is a partnership among the U.S. Geological Survey, a state natural resource agency, a host university, and the Wildlife Management Institute. The Center is collaborating with CRU scientists on technical developments and applications of adaptive management and structured decision making.

USGS Science Centers

USGS has science centers located throughout the U.S., many of which are actively involved in science that directly supports management and decision making. Center scientists are working closely with colleagues in many of the centers to develop ways to integrate science and decision making more effectively, pursuant to a goal of sustainable natural resources management.

University of Pennsylvania Spatial Integration Laboratory for Urban Systems (SILUS)

SILUS, established by USGS and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, is a collaborative multidisciplinary research center for the integration of science in assessing societal decisions on land use and their impacts on the natural environment. SILUS attracts researchers who are working on the application of science to key societal issues relating to urban and natural resources.

University of New Mexico Science Impact Laboratory for Policy and Economics (SILPE)

SILPE is a collaborative center established by USGS and the University of New Mexico, with a focus on the application of natural science information to ecological, environmental and socioeconomic issues and problems. SILPE is housed at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Resources for the Future

Resources for the Future (RFF) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research—rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences—on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues to improve public policy. The Center is collaborating with RFF to develop a technical and institutional basis for the use of biophysical science and economics in a structured and adaptive decision framework to assess policy-relevant tradeoffs and endpoints.

 

 

Projects

The Center's ongoing projects in support of science for decision making include field studies, cooperative agreements, books, articles, and conferences.

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Publications

Williams, B.K., and E.D. Brown. 2012.  Adaptive Management: The U.S. Department of the Interior Applications Guide. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior.



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Presentations

sdcUSGS Science and Decisions Center - Advancing science-based decisions about natural resource management

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Liaison Activities

Advisory Committee, 12th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment, National Council for Science and the Environment, Carl Shapiro and Ken Williams, members.

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Applications in the Field

This page higlights applications now being implemented in the field. These applications are directly connected to thematic concerns of the Center.

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